Researching Vocabulary: A Vocabulary Research Manual

Researching Vocabulary: A Vocabulary Research Manual

Paperback Research and Practice in Applied Linguistics

By (author) Norbert Schmitt

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 420 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 216mm x 26mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 15 September 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Gordonsville
  • ISBN 10: 1403985367
  • ISBN 13: 9781403985361
  • Illustrations note: 22 figures, 1 halftones, 2 black & white illustrations, 21 tables
  • Sales rank: 173,568

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"Researching Vocabulary" is written for language researchers who want to carry out valid and reliable studies on first and second language vocabulary. The author is a well-known vocabulary researcher and he outlines the dos and don'ts of good lexical research. Practical advice is given on a wide variety of research methodologies, ranging from paper-and-pencil tests of acquisition to the newest psycholinguistic techniques utilizing fMRI scanning. Some of the many topics include initial learning of the form-meaning link, attrition, the role of frequency and the L1 in vocabulary research, receptive and productive knowledge of vocabulary, formulaic language, word associations, vocabulary measurement, vocabulary learning strategies, and computer simulations of vocabulary acquisition. The book includes a Resources section which outlines the lexical tests, corpora, software, internet sites, and other resources available to vocabulary researchers. A list of past and present vocabulary researchers, annotated with their specialisms, is also provided.

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NORBERT SCHMITT is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Nottingham, UK. He is interested in all aspects of second language vocabulary acquisition, processing, use, and pedagogy. His current research focuses on formulaic language, the interface of vocabulary and reading, vocabulary testing, and implict vs. explicit knowledge of vocabulary.

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'This is definitely a manual that I would recommend without hesitation to anyone interested in vocabulary and language learning.' - TEFL

Table of contents

General Editors' Preface Preface Acknowledgements PART I: OVERVIEW OF VOCABULARY ISSUES Vocabulary Use and Acquisition: 10 Key Issues PART II: FOUNDATIONS OF VOCABULARY RESEARCH Issues of Vocabulary Acquisition and Use Formulaic Language PART III: RESEARCHING VOCABULARY Issues in Research Methodology Measuring Vocabulary Example Research Projects PART IV: RESOURCES Vocabulary Resources References Quick Check List Index